Between 16,000 and 21,000 infections could have been prevented
The researchers estimate that between 16,000 and 21,000 coronavirus infections would have been prevented by Christmas if the two big “lateral thinkers” rallies in Leipzig and Berlin had not taken place.
The study shows that such large demonstrations, where people sometimes do not adhere to the protection against infection, can function as a superspreader event.”
The protest in downtown Leipzig in particular was controversial in advance.
Because the demonstrators did not comply with the police’s requests to leave the rally, water cannons were also used at the superspreader event in Berlin on November 18, 2020.
Dr. Martin Lange from the ZEW Leibniz Center for European Economic Research in Mannheim says: “A mobile minority that does not adhere to the applicable hygiene rules can pose a considerable risk to other people.”
The SWR conducted an interview with Martin Lange about the study, which you can listen to here.
The main areas from which so-called “lateral thinkers” came from were the south of Saxony, the north of Bavaria and the east of Thuringia.